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Holmwood House School
  Friday 18 September 2020  
From the Headmaster...
I've loved this week! The children's enthusiasm for learning has been exciting and their energy and happiness have been so evident everywhere I go.  In Pre-Prep Assembly today, I asked the children to share some of their best moments which ranged from planting acorns (from which great oak tress grow), Spanish and reading chapter books.  I was treated to some presentations about rivers in Year 4 and saw children across the school enjoy the full range that is on offer.  In Prep Assembly, in which I was focusing on table manners, I asked the children for a dictionary definition of what manners are. I was thrilled to receive such a good one in a concise and thoughtful response from Frances B who said they were 'a set of expectations shared by all'. My assembly was made much easier from that point on!  

Every other week, I will be posting a blog which can be found just below this section.  I will aim to focus on a particular area of the school or education.  I hope you find them useful and helpful. 

With best wishes

Alexander Mitchell
Mr A J Mitchel
Mr A J Mitchell
Headmaster's Blog
Back is Better: Week 2 at Holmwood House

The second week of the new school year is over at Holmwood House, and our pupils and staff could not be happier to be back together as a learning community.

In this video, we have captured a flavour of what our pupils think and what they have been experiencing with us here at the school

  Year 5 science  
  Year 5 pupils working on their designs to make a Bedroom Buddy. They have learnt skills including stripping wires, connecting wires and soldering. They have all shown great independence and ownership during the design phase and I am sure the finished article will be well used at home!
  Year 4 science  
  Who knew science could be so delicious?! Year 4 have been finding out about irreversible changes in the cookery room this week.

Year 7 Environmental Project
The Year 7 pupils would like the school community to get involved with a national project next week to help the environment. More details can be found on the website they have created here.
We would like to welcome everyone back to nursery, after our first few weeks back the children have settled back in like ducks to water! We are very proud of all the children. Well done everyone!
The babies have been settling back into the nursery routine. They have enjoyed seeing their friends again and meeting the new babies who have joined us. They have all been confident on arrival and have enjoyed a variety of activities both indoors and out in the garden. 
We are really proud of all of the Bluebells. they have settled back into nursery so well, some after just two weeks and others after five months.  They have reformed friendships that they had prior to closing and made other new friends.  
Returning to nursery for a new term, we are excited to see all of you coming back into Poppies room as well as welcoming some new friends. We are easing back into nursery this first few weeks by doing activities around getting to know all of Poppies’ new interests and we are loving hearing about all your adventures that you have all had over the summer. Welcome back everyone! 
Fundraising Updates
We have, this week, paid to the following charities for funds raised last academic year.
Water Aid - £476
Funds raised from the produce show, Christmas show and  Christmas cards
Children with Cancer - £476
Funds raised from the produce show, Christmas show and  Christmas cards  
Royal National Children's Foundation - £660
Sports relief - £857

Thank you, everyone, for your support and generosity.
  Open Morning  
  Our next Open Morning will take place on Friday 2 October.

Please complete the form here to register your attendance. We welcome families to book a tour of the school from 9.30 to 11.30 am (Please note all necessary social distancing measures have been put in place for our Open Morning.)

If you would like to arrange an appointment to visit the school, or if you require any further information, please do not hesitate to call Abigail Wills, Admissions Registrar, on 01206 673750 or email are also happy to arrange personal visits throughout the year during term time to meet the Headmaster, Mr Mitchell, and to have a tour of the campus to see our outstanding facilities.
  Little Steps  
  We are delighted to have launched our Little Steps fun-filled activity morning especially for parents and toddlers in 2020. The sessions are free and will be running the last Thursday of every month.

We encourage parents who would like to have fun with their toddler whilst supporting their early learning development to join our a fun-filled morning sessions.

In the past we have provided the following themed Little Steps activities:
  • Dance and Movement
  • Classical and Ballet
  • Every Bunny Dance
  • Sir Dancealot
More details will come on future events (online or on site). To register your interest in our upcoming events, please complete the form here. Our Registrar will be in touch to confirm your place and to provide all details.
Felsted School - Virtual Open Morning
If this is of interest, please find the link here to the event page where you need to complete a couple of steps before Saturday 3 October.

1. Please complete the simple Zoom sign-up so you can access the event on the day.
2. Please note that the event will start at 9.00am for those interested in Year 7 entry, 9.30am for Year 9 entry and 10.00am for Year 12 entry. You are welcome to join us for one, two or all sessions. Just dial in at the appropriate time.
3. Felsted recommend you view the specially prepared videos prior to the event. From experience, families find it better to watch these videos directly from our website, rather than streaming them through Zoom on the day (it often leads to some annoying buffering!). 
Overnight Stays
  Pre-Prep Golden Awards  
  Golden Awards are made weekly to individuals in each class based on the Golden Rules. Under these criteria, the awards are made for the whole term, the child receiving an annotated leaf which is placed on the Golden Tree for all to see. In addition the child receives a Golden Award badge to wear for the week. The presentations are made weekly in the Pre-Prep assembly.

The following children received a Golden Award during Week 3.

Reception - Cameron K
Year 1 - George S
Year 2 - Sophia T & Charlotte M
Year 3 - Emily W & Stanley J
  Pre-Prep 5Rs Awards  
  Responsible Reindeers
Christian J, Anna K,  Alexa F, James K, Isabella C, 

Resilient Rhinos
Celia M, Eivissa M, Luke J, Bertie H, Ted L

Resourceful Racoons
Joshua C, 

Reflective Rabbits
Sophie R, 

Reasoning Raven
Isabella S-C
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